The mysteries of astrology, and the wonders of magic: : including a history of the rise and progress of astrology, and the various branches of necromancy : together with valuable directions and suggestions relative to the casting of nativities, and predictions by geomancy, chiromancy, physiognomy, &c. : also ... narratives, anecdotes, &c. illustrative of the marvels of witchcraft, spiritual phenomena, and the results of supernatural influence / by Dr. C. W. Roback..
Page  numbered CCXXXVIII ; p.  unnumbered ; pp. [239-240] are pub. ads
Publisher Boston: : Published by The author
Call number 37777012693420
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Book contributor Boston Public Library
Collection bostonpubliclibrary; americana
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Robert B. Livingston
August 25, 2013
Good witches might like this comprehensive quackery
I once heard someone ask why, with what we know today about Einstein's Relativity, we don't study the gravitational pull of the hand which slaps us when we are delivered-- as it must be of as great or greater consequence on our destiny as the tug of stars on us when we are born.
If indeed one wishes to make a study of astrology and other gentle arts of the occult, this old tome would be about as good a place to start as any other.
It is well illustrated throughout-- especially nice illustrations for bumps-on-the-head (phrenology) and palm reading.
This is a decent view of popular superstitions from the 19th century-- one will admire the hokus-pokus, inherited qualifications, and scholarly tone of this incredible manual.